Monday, May 6, 2013

Meet Sandra!

Age 16...made a cake from scratch. It was rock-hard and so bad, the birds wouldn't eat it! I can’t say I did much cooking after that until I married Willie, and we decided to homeschool and added a cooking class to the curriculum. How did I teach cooking? I stayed one day ahead of the kids! I kept them interested by giving them the title of sous chef and used words like mise en place. They were so impressed by my French! We started out cooking with The Six O’Clock Scramble because the menus were pre-planned, and the grocery lists were done, and I found I really liked to cook!

The cooking influences in my life were grammas who made fried pork sandwiches, noodles and strawberry cakes, and grampas who took us to eat at the Petroleum Club, and moms
who circulated the same meals week in and week out, and moms who made nachos, or Chicken Divan, or beef tenderloin. A lot of comfort food and a lot of fancy food. And then Willie came along and added ethnic foods and adventure to the mix.

So who did I turn out to be? As a cook, I am still trying to figure that out! As a person? A people-pleaser, big-time reader and an idea girl. I am not happy unless I have 17 windows open at one time on my laptop. And I like to start things like…
New Recipe for a Year Club (loved it!)
Cook My Book Club
Dear Lauren, Love Mom
37 Cooks
Simmons’ House Ba
r Tastings (our friends love it!)
The Menu Game 
Giving Phillips Sonicare Toothbrushes in Easter Baskets (some ideas are more inspired than others! ha!)

I absolutely do not have a signature dish. How could I, when I rarely make the same recipe twice? I don’t have a dish that defines my style. Nope. That said, I do love beets, and fritters, and pho, and noodles, and roasted vegetables, and salad, and Frito Pie Burgers, and crusty bread, and plum appetizers, and tortillas, and beignets, and spring rolls, and taco meat made with mostly zucchini, and Bacon, Egg & Tomato Pie. You see my dilemma in providing you with one recipe here? Can’t be done! But it’s OK. Here is a recipe everyone will like. After all, I AM a people-pleaser!

Whipped Cream and Mason Jars
You can’t beat whipped cream. Actually, you must beat cream to get whipped cream! What I mean is, there is no need whatsoever to buy ready-made whipped cream when the real stuff is so easy and so fun to make. Here’s how to do it.

Get out a Mason jar.

Get out the heavy whipping cream.

Pour it in the jar. P.S. That's Erin in the picture.

Shake the carton and get all of it!

That looks like plenty.

Get out this tool. Here's the link. Now you can use any kind of immersion blender you want. But use the wire whisk attachment. Dad bought this one and it was pretty darn cheap so naturally I turned my nose up at it. But now I love it and I no longer want a new one.

Get out the sugar. (I don't know why my sugar canister looks so unclean and unfocused. In real life it looks just fine, beautiful even! I love these OXO canisters. You never could've convinced me I would like anything made of plastic! I am a glass girl all the way! But still, I do love them.)

Get out a spoon. Add some sugar.

Blend on high.

Blend some more.

Taste it. Add more sugar if you want. Blend some more. Repeat.

Blend some more.

Blend some more.

Then it's done. Put it on some Blueberry, Blackberry, Apricot & Raspberry Cobbler. Or just eat it off the spoon. The whole process takes 3 minutes. Never eat Cool Whip again.


  1. Wonderful!!! Just wonderful!

  2. My immersion didn't come with a whisk, but it works fine with the regular immersion blade. No sugar. I use stevia. ;-)

    1. Cool! Good to know! I am going to post that on the fb page!

  3. I was hoping you were going to say that we could just shake the heck out of it until it becomes whipped! I have an immersion blender but mine doesn't have a whisk attachment, so I'll have to make it they way I usually do...with my electric hand mixer and a mixing bowl! Great post though! =D

    1. Thank you, Lillian! You know, I have a friend in 37 Cooks who makes BUTTER by shaking the cream in a jar! I hope she posts that recipe and story some time! YUM! Homemade butter!

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